Leicestershire's £23.4bn vibrant and thriving economy sits at the heart of the country. It boasts a unique proposition that characterises our place in the UK.
We have unrivalled connectivity; only an hour from London by rail, easy access to the M1, M69, M6 and onward road networks, the largest distribution park in Europe, the UK's second largest freight airport and two international passenger airports reachable in less than an hour.
We have an accessible workforce with over 1 million working age people within a 45 minute drive. As well as the world class University of Leicester, there are two other internationally recognised universities in Leicestershire - equating to a total of over 50,000 students - and strong FE Colleges supporting 85,000 learners and 3,500 employers.
We have strengths in key UK future growth sectors but also maintain the strong, and growing manufacturing sector that forms the backbone of our economy. The Midlands is seen as the manufacturing region of the UK with over 350,000 employees.
The Science and Innovation Audit recognised the Midlands Strengths in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering as being at the forefront of 'industry 4.0'.
There are a wide range of world-class engineering companies including JLR, Rolls-Royce, GKN, 3M and JCB located in the Midlands. These manufacturing powerhouses are supported by leading innovation from entities such as the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the Manufacturing Technology Centre and a wide range of universities including Leicester, Loughborough, Cranfield and Warwick.
We have a young, diverse, multicultural city surrounded by thriving market towns and popular villages set in an attractive landscape providing the perfect balance for living and working, with plenty of attractions and activities for all to enjoy.
Businesses that move to the Enterprise Zone where Space Park Leicester is located can access a number of benefits, including up to 100% business rate discount worth up to £275,000 per business over a 5 year period, simplified planning and access to superfast broadband.
To be eligible for the business rate discounts companies have to locate to the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone before March 2022.
The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership's (LLEP) Inward Investment team can provide tailored advice and support for your business needs. They provide a free impartial service through the provision of specialist advice, including a dedicated and integrated relocation team who will work closely with you every step of the way.
Find out how the LLEP can assist you.